Though you may have taken to the cloud with your business software and phone systems, are you reaping the benefits of virtual employees?
According to Yahoo! Voices, companies such as Chevron, CISCO and Hewlett-Packard are actively hiring remote or telecommuting employees. But it’s not just the large corporations. Elance found that 84 percent of small businesses surveyed state that hiring online contractors provide an edge over competitors and they predict more than half their workforce will be online within the next five years. Why? From hiring to employee retention, there’s much for a small business to gain.
You Can Hire the Best
Perhaps the greatest advantage to hiring virtually is the talent available at your fingertips. Many businesses are already selling nationally and internationally because technology allows for it. So, why not hire outside of your immediate business area, as well?
One of the upsides of the poor economy is that you’re in a position to choose from some of the best talent out there. Also, many people are no longer willing to commute an hour or more to work, so the amount of those seeking to work virtually is only growing.
Instead of limiting yourself to a small, local area, your pool of talented individuals grows considerably when you cast a wider net. Thanks to technology, it’s never been easier to do so.
You Can Save Money
Not only can you have your pick of the best employees for a particular position, but you can save money too. Hiring new employees is an expensive process, but hiring virtually eliminates nearly all of the cost when you allow them to work from home or in a smaller or shared space with lower rent. From saving on everything from office furniture to computers and copiers, you can hire the best, and pay them as such.
You can also bring on temporary or project-based workers for a singular project or short period of time, which will allow you to reap the benefits of specialized help without taking on the cost of health insurance, retirement benefits, etc. Plus, if you find a rock start in the midst, you can always make an offer for full-time engagement.
You Can Have Happier Employees
While standard benefit packages are important to your employees, there’s a new trend in employee satisfaction—flexible working hours and telecommuting options. Work-life balance is more important than ever, and the flexible hours your virtual employees will enjoy can outweigh the deficit of what they’re not getting.
As a growing business you want to have the best staff, while keeping costs low and employees interested. Hiring virtual employees gives you all these opportunities and more.
Jessica Sanders is an avid small business writer touching on topics that range from social media to credit card processing and payroll software. She is a professional blogger and web content writer for the OPEN Cardmember business, ResourceNation.com.